Texas Tech Falls Short To Oklahoma on Senior Night, 77-73|
March 4, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Christine Hyde scored 22 and Chynna Brown added 21 for Texas Tech but it wasn't enough to stop Aaryn Ellenberg and Oklahoma as the Sooners played spoiler to Tech's senior night and won, 77-73.
Tech (21-9, 11-7 Big 12) finishes in a tie for third place in the Big 12 Conference standings with Oklahoma, who owns the tiebreaker after sweeping Tech this season.
It's the best finish for the Lady Raiders since going 12-4 in 2005 in Big 12 play.
The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 10-4 lead five minutes into Monday night's game at United Spirit Arena. Then the two teams traded leads before tying three times the rest of the half with Tech trailing by one at the break.
Tech would make a quick 6-0 run to start the second half thanks to Hyde and forward Kelsi Baker. But Ellenberg and Joanna McFarland appeared to have an answer each time Tech would take back the lead or pull within two points. The two teams would trade leads a total of 17 times.
Oklahoma (21-9, 11-7) would make a 10-0 run midway through the second half that gave the Sooners their largest lead at 58-51 with 7:32 to go. Tech would need the next six minutes to fight back and eventually take the lead twice in the final 90 seconds on a Hyde layup and Casey Morris 3-pointer.
But once again Ellenberg and Morgan Hook had an answer and closed out the final 20 seconds on free throws following a Baker missed 3-pointer that would have tied the game with three second remaining.
Ellenberg had a game-high 25 points while McFarland finished with 18 and Nicole Griffin finished with a double-double -- 10 points, 10 rebounds.
The loss means Tech will have the fourth seed in the Big 12 Championship, which begins Friday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Lady Raiders will play at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday against either Oklahoma State or West Virginia.
The Cowgirls lost to Iowa State in Ames on Monday night, falling to 9-9 in Big 12 play and West Virginia will face TCU on Tuesday. If the Mountaineers win, they would face the Lady Raiders. If they lose, Oklahoma State would be the No. 5 seed by virtue of the second head-to-head tiebreaker - pitting each team's record against the rest of the league starting with the first place team and moving down until one gains an advantage over the other.
Both teams have similar records until arriving at Kansas. The Cowgirls swept Kansas while West Virginia lost to KU in Morgantown on Jan. 5 (60-59).
A full bracket of the Big 12 Championship will be release Tuesday night.